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Mountaineer Morning Links: Wednesday (9/24/14) Edition

Hogorsen's press conference, off-week work to do, recruiting notes, WVU Pros updates, Big 12 roundup & more.

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What You May Have Missed:

Gold & Blue Now: Wednesday, Sept. 24 - WV MetroNews
Dana Holgorsen mentions the bye week’s importance after a loss. Also, South Charleston junior Brandon Knapper has been a future commit to WVU’s basketball program.

10Best: Southern college football experiences - USA Today
West Virginia University - Morgantown, W.V.

Bowdens return 'home' as honorary parade marshals for WVU Homecoming - WVU Today
Bobby and Ann Bowden know West Virginia and West Virginia University.

Men’s Soccer Drops Contest at James Madison - WVU Athletics
The men's soccer team dropped an overtime match at JMU.

Inside the 18 - Episode 5 - WVU Athletics
Take a look at the travel arrangements of the men's and women's soccer teams on this episode of Inside the 18,

Once a Mountaineer, Always a Mountaineer - WVU Athletics
Jo Marie Bohn was inducted into the 24th annual WVU Sports Hall of Fame.

News of Note:

Dana Holgorsen Media Conference - WVU Athletics
Video and transcript here, video also embedded below

Mountaineers working through off week - Charleston Daily Mail
"We made it loud and clear to the guys this is not an off week and we need to continue to work," WVU coach Dana Holgorsen said at his weekly news conference Tuesday.

Holgorsen: "This Is Not An Off Week" - EerSports
"Everything that we do is critical. You can’t ever relax on anything," said Holgorsen.

Holgorsen: Last year’s Kansas loss ‘makes me want to puke’ - WV MetroNews
Entering a bye week, coach addresses special teams, Travis Bell and the Oklahoma game.

Kansas loss in 2013 makes West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen ‘want to puke’ - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen gets a little nauseous just thinking about last season’s loss to Kansas.

Loss to Kansas supplies WVU with motivation for open week - Charleston Gazette
If West Virginia’s football team needs any sort of carrot on a stick to keep it motivated during a bye week, it has exactly that in its next opponent.

Holgorsen recalls miserable performance - Times West Virginian
Within hours of a hard-fought loss to Oklahoma, West Virginia University football coach Dana Holgorsen went to the movies in a manner of speaking.

Holgorsen's Take: Bye Week - WVSports.com
Holgorsen is looking to use the off week as time to get players without much experience in the secondary caught up as their playing time is likely to increase moving forward.

The Good and the Bad of WVU v. Oklahoma - WVU Sports with Mike Casazza
So much of what follows today is going to require something of a constant reminder, so let’s get it out of the way. Yeah, but that was Oklahoma on the other side.

Bye Week Offers Chance to Regroup for Mountaineer Football - WVillustrated
A bye week could not have come at a better time, says WVU Head Coach Dana Holgorsen as the Mountaineers now shift their focus to Kansas next week.

Bye week comes at good time for WVU - Exponent Telegram
After four weeks in which it played two of the best teams in college football, the West Virginia football team is getting a bye week at about the right time.

West Virginia notebook: Holgorsen likes energy level as Mountaineers head into bye week - Pittsburgh Tribune Review
"We're two and two, is where we're at," coach Dana Holgorsen said Tuesday.

Vingle: The early odds and Trickett, White - Charleston Gazette
Anyway, two that deserve to be on the Heisman list that are not are WVU’s Clint Trickett and Kevin White.

Trimester Grades: Quarterback - EerSports
With the bye week upon us, EerSports breaks down West Virginia, position-by-position after one-third of the regular season.

Final Player Interviews: WVU-Oklahoma - BGN
Here, linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski and receiver Mario Alford detail what went well, and what most needs attention over the next two weeks.

Area college football off to strong start - Exponent Telegram
And when you look at the national numbers you see that the superstars have returned to West Virginia and the surrounding area.

Recruiting:

4-star recruit Tyrek Cole suspended at Miramar day after flipping to WVU - WV MetroNews
Miramar (Fla.) four-star cornerback Tyrek Cole officially flipped his commitment from Florida State to West Virginia on Monday night, but was suspended from his high school team Tuesday.

WVU recruiting: Cole’s commitment boosts Mountaineers’ rank - Charleston Gazette
West Virginia’s 2015 recruiting class was already impressive, ranked No. 25 in the nation with 17 commitments from around the country.

Florida key to WVU recruiting - Daily Athenaeum
One might ask how West Virginia has such great success in Florida. Why would a kid from south Florida want to travel 16 hours north?

Pro News:

Mountaineers in the NFL Week 3 Recap: Mundy's pick-six catapults Bears - WVU Pros
Here is how your favorite Mountaineers fared in the third week of the season.

Joe Alexander signs training camp contract with the Denver Nuggets - WVU Pros
Joe Alexander's long climb back into the NBA will cause him to have to, well, climb into the thin air of the Rocky Mountains.

Around the League (and Beyond):

Baylor vs. Iowa State Advanced Stats Preview - Our Daily Bears

Planning for success: Iowa State Cyclones - ESPN

’Horn warning: Weis, Jayhawks wary of Texas - Lawrence Journal World

DEPTH CHART ANALYSIS: Week 4 - Bring On The Cats

By The Numbers | Oklahoma Sooners 3rd Down Conversion Rate - Crimson And Cream Machine

Oklahoma State football notebook: Cowboys value Desmond Roland's ruggedness - Oklahoman

Kennedy Estelle Is Dismissed from Texas Longhorn Football - Barking Carnival

TCU football notes: SMU’s troubles no concern to Patterson - Dallas-Fort Worth Star Telegram

Texas Tech has used six true freshmen; an analysis of who might be next - Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Forde-Yard Dash: What we've learned and what lies ahead this college football season - Yahoo Sports

What's On Tap:

Volleyball to Host No. 2 Texas on ESPNU - WVU Athletics
The West Virginia University volleyball team will welcome the No. 2-ranked Texas Longhorns to the WVU Coliseum in a 7 p.m. match on Wednesday.

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Miss Throwdown:

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